The Wonderbox : Curious histories of how to live
by Roman Krznaric
Editor: Profile Books Ltd
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There are many ways to try to improve our lives, we can turn to the wisdom of philosophers, the teachings of religions or the latest experiences of psychologistsBut we rarely look at history for inspiration – and when we do, it can be surprisingly powerful.Showing the lessons that can be drawn from the past, Roman cultural historian Krznaric explores twelve universal topics, work and love of money and creativity, and reveals the wisdom that we have been absentThere is much to learn from Ancient Greece about relationships, from the Industrial Revolution about job satisfaction, and from the Ming, China’s dynasty about raising our childrenJust as a Renaissance “Wunderkammer” was a cabinet of curiosities full of fascinating objects, each with a story behind it, The Wonderbox is full of stories and ideas of history, each of which sheds precious light on the decisions we make every day, that we think about the different uses of the senses or changing attitudes at the timeThe story is usually to read for fun or for a glimpse of current events, but The Wonderbox, to enter the territory of Alain de Botton and Theodore Zeldin, is the “practice of history” – using the past, to reflect on our everyday lives
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